Hindi name- Gond katira
English name- Tragacanth gum
Botanical name –Astragalus Gummifer
German name -Kutira Gummi
French name - Gomme Adragante
Arabic Name - Katheera, Haloosiyaa
Bengali Name - Katila
The gum comes from a thorny shrub . The gum exudes naturally from the roots of the plant and from incisions made in the stem . This is collected and when dried forms crystals of flakes.
Benefits of Tragacanth gum are :-
- It acts as a cooling agent in body,thus preventing us from heat stroke.
– It has the qualities of laxative and so it helps in constipation.
– It helps to cure weakness in men.
– in women it helps to increase breast size.
- In Pregnancy - Gond Katira ladoos are very beneficial in pregnancy.
II It helps in Urinary incontinence (Involuntary urination)
It is believed that it might have anti tumor properties & could stimulate immune system
Method of soaking :- Take only two piece of gond katira and soak it overnight in 1 glass of water. In the morning you will see that it becomes fluffy and there is increase in the volume of gond katira. Wash it with clean water 2-3 times to remove the impurities .Now it is ready to use .
Ingredients are :-
Fluffed gond katira – ½ tbs
Sugar – 1 tbs
Lemon juice – 1 tbs
Water – 1 glass
Mix all the ingredients and drink it everyday.
Ingredients are :-
Fluffed gond katira -1 tbs
Milk - 500 ml
Sugar as per taste
Almonds ,pista chopped – 2 tbs
Green cardamom powder just a pinch
Method :- Boil the milk
till it is reduced to almost 2/3 or as per your concentration
Now add sugar and cardamom powder .
Let it cool for some time .
After cooling add the fluffed gond katira and chopped dry fruits .
At last but not least add the crushed ice and serve it.
How to make Gond Ladoo:
Wheat flour- 250 gm
Ground sugar- 250 gm
Ghee – 175 gm
Mildly crushed gond – 15 gm
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Grounded cashews – 1table spoon
Almonds – 1 tablespoon
Walnuts – 1 tablespoon
Heat ghee in a kadahi/pan , deep fry gond on medium heat , stirring it up all the time to ensure that every single piece is fried. It fluffs up to almost double. Lift it out of the ghee as it fluffs up otherwise it will burn. Keep aside for 5 minutes . Now grind it. Fry the flour in remaining ghee until it is light brown and gives out aroma .When ghee separates from the flour then it is ready. Turn off heat and add all the grinded material in it. Mix well . Allow to cool until it can be touched by hand comfortably. Now make delicious and nutritious ladoos of any shape or size. Keep aside for 1 to 2 hours . Store in an airtight container.
In winter these ladoos are very beneficial for pregnant ladies.